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The Resource Road to valor : a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation, Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon

Road to valor : a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation, Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon

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Road to valor : a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation
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Road to valor
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a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation
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Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon
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Road to valour
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eng
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Award
Canadian Jewish Book Award, 2013.
Review
  • Journalist Alli McConnon and historical researcher Andres McConnon uncover the untold story of Italian bicycle racing legend Gino Bartali’s secret work during WWII saving Jews from the Holocaust. The sister-and-brother team describe Bartali’s rise from humble origins in a village outside of Florence to international sports stardom as a two-time winner of bicycle racing’s ultimate challenge, the Tour de France. They perfectly recreate the excitement of his 1948 Tour victory. With rioting in the wake of the attempted assassination of the head of Italy’s Communist Party, many believe that Bartali’s victory united Italians and prevented civil war. But the authors’ primary focus is on Bartali’s dangerous and secret work as a courier for a network that protected Italian Jews from the Nazis during the war, making this account much more than just another sports biography. At the request of Florence’s antifascist archbishop, Elia Dalla Cpsta, who wanted to aid Jewish refugees flooding into the city, Bartali carried false identity documents and photos through numerous police and military checkpoints under the guise of “training” rides. Based mostly on Italian primary sources and hundreds of hours of interviews, this thoroughly documented biography is both inspiring and immensely enjoyable. Photos, maps. Agent: Peter McGuigan, Foundry Literary & Media. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 23, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 17, p)
  • Mostly uplifting account of the Tuscan champion cyclist whose prime was ruptured by the advent of World War II. The extent of Gino Bartali's work as a courier of forged documents for Jews hiding in Tuscany has only recently gained the cyclist, who died in 2000, humanitarian recognition. The scrappy laborer's son was 24 when he won his first Tour de France in 1938, his best years subsequently interrupted by military service when war broke out and Mussolini's Italy was allied with Nazi Germany, yet he made his incredible comeback and won the race again for a war-defeated Italy in 1948. The McConnons--former BusinessWeek writer Aili and filmmaker Andres--have sifted through the archives and interviewed Bartali's widow, family and former teammates. With his simple peasant beginnings in the Tuscan village of Ponte a Ema, Bartali and his younger brother, Giulio, found in cycling races around their native mountains an opportunity for distinction and money. After winning the Giro d'Italia in 1936, Bartali almost quit racing following Giulio's fatal accident, but meeting the young woman who would become his wife, Adriana Bani, encouraged him to strive on, and he won another Giro in 1937. He was manipulated by Mussolini's national sports directors to concentrate solely on the Tour de France; however, because of his alliance with the Catholic Church, even his 1938 win received muted response by the government. He did not speak about his war efforts, helping the church shuttle counterfeit documents for the flood of Jewish refugees into Florence in 1943; they were hidden in his bike while he was ostensibly training up and down the hills. The authors interweave the plight of one saved family, the Goldenbergs, within the Bartali narrative. A workmanlike biography that fills in some of the gaps of this strange, troubling time.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2012)
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individual biography
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10109792
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1980-
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McConnon, Aili
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  • 796.62092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
LC call number
GV1051.B37
LC item number
M35 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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McConnon, Andres
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  • Bartali, Gino
  • Tour de France (Bicycle race)
  • Cyclists
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a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation
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Road to valor : a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation, Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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text
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860836
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25 cm
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First edition.
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x, 316 pages
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9780307590640
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2011051159
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780307590640
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Road to valor : a true story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the cyclist who inspired a nation, Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
860836
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 316 pages
Isbn
9780307590640
Lccn
2011051159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307590640

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